Getting Lost in Louisiana

Three kids in tow, one family adventures across the bayou state.

Paul and I have always loved to travel, but as the family expanded, we scaled down our larger trips into shorter, weekend jaunts. As we began uncovering the kid-friendly side of every destination, we decided to share our trips and tips with others interested in exploring Louisiana. Armed with a laptop and a Nikon (and lots and lots of snacks), our family of five is currently working our way across the Bayou State (and sometimes crossing the border!).

Recent Travels

Highlands, North Carolina
Highlands, North Carolina

We might be headed into winter, but with today's 80 degree temperature in New Orleans, it reminds me of our late summer vacations to North Carolina. Nearly every August, we make a last ditch effort to escape the heat in Highlands, North Carolina. Just over the border...

Top Day Hikes in Louisiana
Top Day Hikes in Louisiana

The words hiking and Louisiana don't often go together. They certainly don't conjure up images of rugged mountain trails past bubbling creeks. But if you know where to look, Louisiana offers a unique chance to get outdoors in a different way. Discover a boardwalk...

Northern California’s Volcanoes
Northern California’s Volcanoes

For the last leg of our journey, we left the rugged, chilly coastline to venture east to northern California's volcanoes. The two areas couldn't have been more different than each other. And the four-hour drive between them was alternately wildly beautiful and utterly...

Today we saw an amazing variety of pitcher plants and wildflowers walking through the pine savanna at the Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge. This refuge protects one of the last remaining large expanses of wet pine savanna habitats. Nature Lovers, Pitcher plant lovers, Visit Mississippi, City of Ocean Springs (Official), Downtown Ocean Springs ... See MoreSee Less
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What a special treat to get to walk the Lafitte Woods Preserve in Grand Isle with the woman who manages it, the Nature Conservancy's Jean Landry. We were also joined by Seth Blitch and Hilary Collis of the Nature Conservancy of Louisiana, Louise LaFont with Grand Isle and Gary Salathe with the Louisiana Iris Conservation Initiative. We learned a lot about the plants, animals and history that make this place so unique.Louisiana Master Naturalists of Greater New Orleans, The Nature Conservancy in Louisiana, Grand Isle, Grand Isle Garden Club, Louisiana Iris Conservation Initiative, Louisiana Travel ... See MoreSee Less
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It's springtime in Louisiana!Louisiana Master Naturalists of Greater New Orleans, Louisiana Nature Lovers, Louisiana Travel, Louisiana Alligators, Louisiana Hikes, Billy Nungesser Lt. Governor of Louisiana, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries,Only In Louisiana, Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Complex, Louisiana State Parks, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve ... See MoreSee Less
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Top Day Hikes in Louisiana
Top Day Hikes in Louisiana

The words hiking and Louisiana don't often go together. They certainly don't conjure up images of rugged mountain trails past bubbling creeks. But if you know where to look, Louisiana offers a unique chance to get outdoors in a different way. Discover a boardwalk...

Morgan City to Avery Island
Morgan City to Avery Island

On one of the last cool weekends before summer, we jumped in the car to visit Avery Island, home to Tabasco as well as the beautiful oasis, Jungle Gardens. On previous trips, we always took I-10 from New Orleans to Breaux Bridge and then headed south. This time,...

End of the Road: Jefferson Parish’s Town of Jean Lafitte
End of the Road: Jefferson Parish’s Town of Jean Lafitte

We've been on a kick lately traveling to the end of all the roads in Louisiana--first in Plaquemines, then St. Bernard and now Jefferson via the Town of Jean Lafitte. It's altogether quite a different drive than the other two, most notably because we didn't seem to...

Top 5 Road Trips in Louisiana

1. St. Francisville

Arguably the most picturesque small town in the state, filled with historic plantations, stories of ghosts and the drawings of John James Audubon, beautiful gardens, a walkable historic district and proximity to Tunica Hills’ waterfalls and Cat Island, home to the largest bald cypress tree in the world.

2. Cajun Country

From Lafayette south, Cajun country is a land of boudin and Cajun dance halls, Tabasco and salt islands, the other-worldly Atchafalaya Basin and meandering, scenic bayous. It’s a place where French is woven into everyday language, good food is a way of life and music festivals dominate the weekends. 

3. Grand Isle

Wind your way down Bayou Lafouche (and the shrimp boats moored until next daylight) until the marsh opens up to the Gulf of Mexico. After all, getting to Grand Isle is half the experience. A fishing village on stilts, Grand Isle’s southern border boasts miles of sandy beaches and expansive Gulf views. Visit during peak migration and be greeted by thousands of song birds flocking to the inland forest. Camp on the beach at Grand Isle State Park, take a boat ride to Queen Bess Island and view the pelican rookery, or hire a charter and experience some of the best fishing in the world. 
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Travel Gallery

Some of the photos from across the state.

Afton Villa Gardens,  St. Francisville
Food Stand, Plaquemines Parish
Fort Jackson, Plaquemines Parish
Oak Alley, Vacherie, LA
Wetland Trace, Jean Lafitte, LA
Jackson Square, French Quarter, New Orleans
Jean Lafitte, LA